Ina Garten's Easy Tip For Creating An Edge With Graham Cracker Crust

Graham cracker crusts are a popular and versatile base for many desserts, from cheesecake to key lime pie. Making your own graham cracker crust is simple and easy, and it adds a delicious crunch and sweetness to any dessert. But for a perfect graham cracker crust, you should consider making the most of a useful technique from Ina Garten

While you likely already know how to make the basic mixture of a graham cracker crust, it's how you press the mixture into the bottom of a pie or tart pan that can make or break the crust. You might use the back of a spoon or your hands to create an even layer, but chances are you've noticed that these techniques don't get the crust all the way to the edge of the pan. That's why the Barefoot Contessa shared her super simple yet effective technique during one of her appearances on the Food Network.

Garten uses a metal measuring cup

To create a defined edge on your graham cracker crust, Ina Garten recommends using a metal measuring cup. Once the crust is pressed into the pan, use the cup to gently press the crust up against the sides of the pan, creating a slight edge. This helps to keep the filling in place and creates a neat, defined edge when the pie is sliced.

Having an edge on your graham cracker crust is beneficial for several reasons. First, it helps to contain the filling — preventing it from spilling over the sides of the crust — by making the most of the entire pie shell and pan. Without any gaps between the crust and corners of the pan, a thick filling won't crumble in on the crust either.

Additionally, having a defined edge on your crust makes for a more visually appealing dessert. It adds a finishing touch that shows you took the time to make the crust look polished and professional.

Finally, having a tightly packed graham cracker crust helps prevent the pie from crumbling when you slice and serve it.

So the next time you make a pie with a graham cracker crust, take the extra moment to create a defined edge. Give it a try, and take your crust to the next level.